Best Local Brewery

Payette Brewing

It has been a big year for Payette Brewing, which since 2010, has grown into Idaho's biggest brewer. In January 2016, Payette began its expansion from Garden City into downtown Boise and its sprawling new brewery and taproom on Pioneer Street near the Boise Greenbelt. About five months later, the doors opened on the slick new 32,000-square-foot facility, which boasts a 60-barrel system capable of producing 40,000 barrels of brew each year and a spacious taproom featuring 20 handles. We'll raise a glass to that kind of growth any day.

2nd Place: Sockeye Brewing—One of the OG's of Idaho's beery renaissance, Sockeye Brewing has been in the biz since 1996. In that time, it has regularly racked up more medals than most bars have taps and placed its offerings high in the U.S. beer market. In 2013, Sockeye's Dagger Falls IPA landed at No. 13 for best-selling new craft beer in supermarkets around the country. With two locations on Fairview Avenue and Cole Road and 20 years under its belt, Sockeye's empire—and reputation—has only continued to grow.

3rd Place: Boise Brewing—A relative newcomer to the local beer scene, Boise Brewing was quick to make its mark. Opening its brewery and taproom on Broad Street in 2014 (disclosure: BB is BW's next-door neighbor), it has caught on in a big way among downtown brew enthusiasts. With regular updates to its roster of beers and daily specials and events, it's a good bet you'll find Boise Brewing busy from open to close.

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